It gives us great pleasure to share with you and announce the dates of the 18th Paradise Jazz
Festival, which is going to take place at the beautiful Village of Pomos in the Pafos District:
Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of August 2017 at Paradise Place venue.
The program that we will present this year it is shaped in order to keep Festival`s quality standards and to reflect in the most fairly way what it becomes to be the music reality of our island. In total is richer and refreshed, not so much according names, but ideas, collaborations and ultimately with fresh inspiration. Besides of TriCoolOre, who they appear for first time on our Festival, but are on the firmament for many years, all the other music shows are current musical explorations of Cyprus Jazz Musicians, who seem to be more interested
in how to open their musical horizons rather than to create a career band and to make records. Either way, no one of this year`s projects have appeared on a PJF before.
We will start on Friday time 9.30pm, with the “NCY Trio” which plays compositions of Nikos Charalambous and a few arrangements by each member. Songs from Nikos had shaped the sound
of the band and took the musicians to certain directions of melodies, rhythms and soundscapes. Through these tunes the band is expressing and constantly questioning itself. The members are interested in finding beauty in moments of intensity and melodic/rhythmic development but also looking to stretch the meaning of tension and release within the boundaries of what sound is. Nikos himself is on electric guitar, Kyriakos
double bass and Omiros Miltiadous on drums.
Next on about 10.30pm we will continue with the "Trio Misterioso" which is a newly formed group based in Cyprus and consists of Ermis Michail on guitar Andreas Rodosthenous
on bass and George Koulas on drums. Their music is influenced by contemporary music elements of blues, jazz and funk. They play a mixture of original compositions and original arrangements of recognizable songs of our era, approaching them through improvisation with emphasis on a strong thematic melody, while being
faithful to the individuality of each song.
On 11.30pm one more trio will appear on stage which will end Friday`s official program. The “Mighty Sugarance Trio”, with Marios Takoushis on keyboards and vocoder, Cahit Kutrafali on electric bass and Stelios Xydias on drums, is one more newly formed trio
that plays a raw mix of original electronic jazz and funk. With a touch of robotic vocals, deep bass lines and fiery grooves they translate virtuosity into something that hits you right in the heart.
Friday looks pretty good and it is not over yet. We have the jam
to follow and Friday`s jamming are the most spontaneously…
Saturday time 9.30pm we will start with Alkis Agathokleous Quintet which presents EUPNEA, a project that introduces Alkis Agathokleous`s new compositions. The pieces originate from groundwork of his previous project, Kafeney Houseband, which was collaboration with Savvas Houvartas: distinctive melodies with strong transitions in dynamics, flexible grooves and a modal harmony that allows
individual musicians to improvise creatively on the spot. Ney, an instrument with roots in Central Asia several thousand years ago, is the main axis; however, in this case, the ney is not used as an oriental instrument, but rather as the 'voice' of the electric ensemble. Consequently, the result is a fusion of various genres of music: strong jazz influences, as well as ethnic and stoner stimulus, have always been a characteristic in Agathokleous body of work. Each experimental
composition is a distinct album of images, since it progresses according to each musician’s intervention on stage. It is a colourful journey of sound that has several modules, and combines East and West with unprecedented mastery. Alkis Agathokleous is on ney, Elias Ioannou on trumpet, Ermis Michael on guitar, Andreas Rodosthenous on bass and Andreas
Stefanou on drums,.
At 10.30pm the choreographer/dancer Milena Ugren Koulas
and drummer George Koulas will present us the first dance/musical show that takes place in Paradise Jazz Festival called Happiness. According to Aristotle: “Happiness is the ultimate end and purpose of human existence. Happiness is not pleasure, nor is it virtue. It is the exercise of virtue. Happiness cannot be achieved until the end of one’s life. Hence it is a goal and not a temporary state.” Extremely appealing theme...
The official program of the 18th Jazz Festival Paradise will end at 11pm with the TriCoolOre and the beloved and renowned trumpeter Pantelis Stoikos
from Greece. They are going to present us mostly tracks from the album "World Without Words":
How much of our ‘humanity’ can we retain amidst the countless plots unfolding all around us? What standard is there for its measurement? What’s our position, our point of view… our own part in what we are witnessing? What is, in effect, our inner truth? How does that survive there, inside us? How does it affect our surroundings? And how is it transmitted? Can music on its own, without words, reach that truth, and measure, conclusively, our humanity…?
Musically the TriCoolOre are incorporating the wider tonal spectrum that influences the Trio’s geographical base (Nicosia), into the global character of that music which thrives on improvisation. The band features as we mentioned before Pandelis Stoikos, a musician who combines
traditional sounds of the region of Macedonia with elements of jazz and classical music creating a unique style of his own. A last minute add is the Acoustic – Electrical – Fretless guitarist Dimitris Lappas who he also took part on the recordings of the Tricoolore`s album.
On Saturday`s jamming, around midnight, our special guest Andreas
Panteli (piano) is going to open and organize the session.
Tickets cost €12 for each night while for children less than 14 years old have free entrance. There will also be food and drink at reasonable prices.
There will be some changes to the site, such as adding a new bar at the higher up level area, some important details here and there to make more comfortable the moving around, operated showers, etc.
We're an expanding group of friends with respect to nature, who love good music and meet once a year in a place full of inspiration, sunsets, moons, sea, camping and respect, with the mood to celebrate and share musical moments and frequencies of life…. Everything happens with the simplicity and casualty that is hard to find. In Pomos Village we become as one.